University Writing Skills Requirement

In addition to the lower-division General Education requirements in writing, the California State University system requires all students to demonstrate writing competency at the university level in order to receive a baccalaureate or master's degree. This requirement was implemented system-wide in 1977. You must satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR) in order to receive a degree from CSUEB unless you previously satisfied this Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement for a previous CSUEB (or Hayward) degree or at another CSU campus or qualify for an exemption based on test scores. For a list of exemptions, go to: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/academic/colleges-and-departments/apgs/testing/uwsr/exemptions.html

The present method of satisfying the UWSR as implemented in 2002 is applicable to all students who first attempted the Writing Skills Test (WST) Fall 2002 or later. If you attempted the WST prior to Fall 2002, contact the Testing Office for specific information on how to satisfy the UWSR.

If you graduated from any one of the 23 CSU campuses (which includes San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, etc.), you have satisfied the CSUEB UWSR unless you failed to meet the requirement at that campus and this is noted on your transcript.

If you satisfied the requirement at a CSU but did not graduate from that campus, you will have to provide written notification to the Testing Office.  Note that the entire requirement must have been satisfied at that CSU campus in order for you to be exempt from satisfying the UWSR at CSUEB. If, for example, the other campus requires students to pass both a test and a course to complete the requirement, both components must have been completed at the other campus. If you completed only part of the requirement, you will need to satisfy the entire requirement at CSUEB. 

If you complete the UWSR at another CSU campus but did not graduate, please send written notification of completion from that campus directly to our Testing Office's fax number 510-885-4242.

(Writing requirements from UC, private, or out-of-state colleges are not considered for substitution of the UWSR at CSUEB.)

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